Albuquerque firefighters recognized for heroic rescue

Albuquerque Fire Water Rescue Recognition

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque firefighters who got creative during a dangerous rescue were recognized Friday.

Last June Albuquerque experienced a torrential rain storm. A woman called 911 saying she and her fiancé were trapped on an island where water was rapidly rising. When firefighters got to Central and Tramway they searched for the couple in an area known as “The Box.”

“The Box is a very, very unique…it’s the most risky, technical rescue incident we will probably have given the change in terrain and the amount of water and the vegetation,” said Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey.

The crews found the couple clinging to a tree. The rescue team configured a rope pulley system to lower firefighters along the arroyo bank. They were then able to lead the couple to safety. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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